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Elizabeth Berkley

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Elizabeth Berkley was born in Farmington Hills, Michigan. Her mother, Jere, owns a gift basket business, and her father, Fred Berkley, is a lawyer. Her family is Jewish. When Elizabeth was 5, her parents enrolled her at Detroit Dance Company. Loving dance, young Elizabeth began to take part in several ballets, including "Swan Lake" and, in 1983, she starred in some musicals (sometimes singing in Italian). Her screen debut was a role in the TV movie Frog. She then got work as an extra in some TV series: TV 101, Day by Day, etc. In the summer of 1989, she was in L.A. and auditioned for a role on Saved by the Bell. She got the role and became a TV star. After 4 seasons, she left the show to try to break into cinema. In 1994, she filmed 4 movies, including Showgirls, and continued to guest star in very popular TV shows, like Diagnosis Murder. At the same time, she was studying English Literature at a college in California. After Showgirls, she signed with United Talent Agency and then filmed some Hollywood films with small roles (The First Wives Club and Oliver Stone's Any Given Sunday) and starred in some indies (Taxman, Last Call, The Real Blonde. In 1999, Elizabeth performed on stage in London as Honey in "Lenny", opposite Eddie Izzard, and directed by the legendary Sir Peter Hall. Her performances in Roger Dodger and Moving Malcolm, two independent movies released in 2002 and 2003, impressed the critics. She made her Broadway debut in "Sly Fox", in February 2004, three months after her marriage with New York artist Greg Lauren. She then returned to The Great White Way in the terrific Off-Broadway production "Hurlyburly" directed by Scott Elliott and co-starring Ethan Hawke, Parker Posey and Wallace Shawn. She received some of the best reviews of her acting career for her impressive performance as Bonnie.She appeared on several seasons in the international hit show "CSI: Miami", as Julia Winston, and in the final season of Showtime's "L-Word". Thanks to television syndication of "Saved By the Bell", Elizabeth is an admired favorite amongst a whole new generation of teen girls. Elizabeth has been making life-changing connections with these girls over the past 7 years through Ask Elizabeth, her not-for-profit organization that includes self-esteem workshops she facilitates as a volunteer in schools and for youth organizations, a thriving website (ask-elizabeth.com) that hosts digital content as a way to be of continued service to girls and most recently her New York Times bestselling book entitled "Ask Elizabeth" (published by Penguin). This nationwide movement has affected the lives of over 100,000 girls and counting. She was also a featured contributor on Oprah.com, bridging the communication gap between mothers and daughters.She and her artist/fashion designer husband, Greg Lauren, are the proud new parents to a son, Sky Cole Lauren.  See full bio on IMDb »

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